Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard came to Milton Brunson Math & Science Specialty School, 932 North Central Avenue, to introduce modern students to the lost pleasures of recess and to cut the ribbon on a brand new, state-of-the-art playground. This all happened on the first full day of school, featuring the longer day.
Brunson and most Chicago public elementary schools now provide recess to all students as a key component of the CPS Full School Day. Brunson Principal Carol Wilson applauded the longer day and the return of recess. She said it gives children a chance to work off energy, relax, refocus, and return to class refreshed. All Brunson students have a 25-minute recess period as part of the longer school day. In addition, they get 30 more minutes of reading, 15 more minutes of science, and 15 more minutes of cultural enrichment.